The New York Red Bulls U-23 team that will face against F.C. Motown in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round, will no longer play at the Red Bull Training Facility in Whippany, NJ.
U.S. Open Cup announced via Twitter that this match-up will now be contested at the MSU Soccer Park, at Montclair State University, in Montclair, NJ on Tuesday, May 7 at 7pm ET.
No official reason has been stated as to why this change was made, but supporters from both sides were questioning whether the Training Facility was capable of hosting this match for various reasons.
To start with the obvious, seating capacity. RBTF can hold about 100 people max. Anything higher can become a safety hazard. Whereas MSU Soccer Park, home of the New York Red Bulls II, has a capacity of 5,000.
Parking was the other concern. MSU Soccer Park does not compare to the parking availability it has with RBTF. Even more so, the Red Hawk Deck, where visitors can park, leads you directly outside to the field. As long as you park on level 4 and above. It has approximately 986 spaces, so no need to worry.
The rates are super affordable as well. Leave your car parked for 1-2 hours and you pay $4; leave it for 2-6 hours and pay $7. Can’t beat that for any professional sporting event.
ESPN+ has got you covered for the entire tournament.
NJ Derby: Part II
Those familiar with the teams know this is the second year in a row they face off against each in the same round of this 106-year-old prestigious tournament – the longest-running domestic cup competition in the United States.
FC Motown hosted the game at Ranger Stadium, Drew University, in Madison, NJ, and knocked out the Red Bulls’ PDL side. The home team, playing its first game as a member of the NPSL, got a brace from none other than an ex-Red Bull Academy player and First-Teamer, Dilly Duka, to knock out the U-23 side by the score of 2-1.
Is that the smell of local NJ derby brewing?
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